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THE EFFECTS OF PTSD ON MILITARY FAMILIES other problems such as drug abuse, depression, and alcoholism; Research suggests that these alternatives are negative in nature however; the veteran views these methods as useful means to cope with the disorder. Additional coping methods may also include emotion focused and avoidance strategies which render little to no success. Presently there is no cure for PTSD; however, this disorder can be managed with the appropriate treatment regime. Therefore, PTSD can be managed however, presently there is no cure but, with treatment and support they can livea successful life.) There are a variety of treatment methods including and spiritual treatment that are available for veterans and their families in an effort to treat and heal the total person. According to Bowman and Roysircar (2011), “ trauma related assistance in response to disasters or catastrophes is needed locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and the authors argue that there is a necessity for counseling psychologists and counseling psychology programs to incorporate it into their prevention, training, and social justice repertoire” (p.1). There are a number of treatment methods that are available for those suffering with PTSD such as cognitive –behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), prolonged exposure therapy, Coping skills and Spirituality. In order, to successfully treat and help those suffering from PTSD there must be trust in God and a strong family and social support system in place. As a result, this can help strengthen the family as they find a sense of purpose through their trauma. However, the counselor must determine the best course of treatment for their client because there are many treatments that might work for those suffering with PTSD. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a very commontreatment method. This type of therapy consists of helping an individual to understand and manage their emotions, thought processes and identify negative thinking. This therapy method 10
THE EFFECTS OF PTSD ON MILITARY FAMILIES enables the client to become aware of their behavior, how they perceive and process their experiences and conclusively make sound decisions.This therapy method enables the client to become aware of their behavior, how they perceive and process their experiences and conclusively make sound decisions. Furthermore, thisform of therapy would assist them in managing stressful situations. In addition, this therapy helpsindividuals to understand why they behave and think the way they do. It should be clear that emotions are only indicators of the possibility that something is wrong. Primarily, CBT helps the individual to know and understand they have control over their emotions and can determine how they react and respond to stressful situations.